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The greatest parties in Lebanon


Lebanese pastries and rosewater
Claudia Roden Writer
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The other thing was he took me to other cities. I just forgot the name of the city which was a pastry... particular pastry specialist. And we went there, and we ate every possible pastry we could. I did, anyway. Because I wanted to try everything. And then there was somebody there who was a singer of Koran. But he wasn't mainly a singer with a beautiful voice. And he came and joined us and took us around. And there was a square where they were making, in the street, in the square, rosewater. There were rose petals boiling in a thing. And went off in a thing and then the vapour was cooled and then dropped into bottles. And that was rosewater. And the smell. It is a sort of enchanted smell of roses, everywhere. And that was something for me as well. I associate now with the pastries, that I learnt there.

Claudia Roden (b. 1936) is an Egyptian-born British cookbook writer and cultural anthropologist of Sephardi/Mizrahi descent. She is best known as the author of Middle Eastern cookbooks including A Book of Middle Eastern Food, The New Book of Middle Eastern Food and The Book of Jewish Food.

Listeners: Nelly Wolman

Claudia Roden talking to her granddaughter Nelly Wolman about her life in food.

Tags: Lebanon

Duration: 1 minute, 29 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2022

Date story went live: 04 December 2023